Born and raised in Chicago I started studying drums and percussion at a young age. Almost immediately I took an interest in music from around the world. My twin passions for travel and music have fed my desire to learn and teach. I moved to New York in 2000 to attend NYU for a degree in Jazz performance which I finished in 2005. Living in New York has given me amazing opportunities to meet other musicians and perform and teach with them at home and abroad. These musical collaborations have brought me to Serbia, Costa Rica and Havana, Cuba

In addition to performing internationally I have developed a United Nations of friends and colleagues through my work as the house manager for the Jazz Gallery, a non-profit culture center that presents a stage for emerging artists.